Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Motors Division won several awards in the Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills competition Oct. 7-11 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

The 16th annual Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills competition featured more than 19 law enforcement agencies from six different states.

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Division participated and placed in the following:

Division I Expert Class: Jared Mullins, seventh place; Tim May, 10th.

Division I Novice Class: Justin Lanoux, ninth place.

Individual Slow Ride: May, sixth place.

Team Slow Ride: May, Darryl Smith, Harry Griffen and Mullins, fourth place.

Overall Team: APSO, fourth place.

Overall Individual: May, sixth place.

The competition started as a charity event in Galveston, Texas, in the mid-1990s, a news release from the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said. In 1997, the competition came to Baton Rouge because of efforts by Chief Jeff LeDuff. Later, the competition moved to Ascension Parish.

Proceeds from the event support the Dream Day Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Hosting agencies for the competition yearly are Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge Police Department, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, LSU Police Department, Louisiana State Police and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.